Professor Anthony (Tony) Milner AM, FASSA held the Tun Hussein Onn Chair of International Studies at ISIS Malaysia from 2014 to 2015. Appointed Basham Professor of Asian History at the Australian National University in 1994, his other appointments include International Director and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya and Co-Chair of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. He has served on a range of Australian Government committees (including the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Malaysia Institute) and has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University, Humboldt University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Pok Rafeah Chair) and the National University of Singapore (Raffles Visiting Professor of History).
Professor Milner was Dean of Asian Studies at the Australian National University 1996-2005, and before that Director of the Australia Asia Perceptions Project of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He was Deans’ and Directors’ representative on the University Council of the Australian National University 2000-2002 and served on the Board of the AustralAsia Centre of the Asia Society 2008-2013. He is currently a Board Member of Asialink at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Milner has written widely on Malay history, Southeast Asian Studies and regional relations. He edited the three-volume series, Australia in Asia (Oxford University Press); his most recent single-author book is The Malays (Wiley-Blackwell). His Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture on the Eve of Colonial Rule, was selected in 2003 as one of the 25 “works of major importance to historical studies” and “most frequently cited in the literature” in the field of Southeast Asia history (Association for Asian Studies in the USA on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies). He wrote an essay on 'Asian regionalism’ for the latest volume of Routledge Press’ The Far East and Australasia 2014 (New York and London) and was co-editor of the Asialink Commission report, Our Place in the Asian Century: Southeast Asia as The Third Way (Melbourne, 2012). He comments on regional relations in a range of Australian and Southeast Asian newspapers, as well as on the Australian ABC.
Professor Milner was made a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995 and a National Life Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2007. He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007. His public lectures include the Annual Lecture of the Academy of the Social Sciences (The Cunningham Lecture), the Golay Lecture (Cornell University), the Raffles Lecture (National University of Singapore) and the Fourth Asia-Pacific Lecture (ABC, Parliament House, Canberra).